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Eczema Remedy Pleases Mother and Son

Eczema Remedy Pleases Mother and Son

Q. My 3-year-old son has suffered with eczema on his legs and feet for two years. We treated it successfully with Elidel, but cancer concerns about its safety in children alarmed us. With consent from his doctor, we suspended its use.

I tried many creams to try to soothe his skin, but he cried about all of them, saying they hurt. I started using Noxzema moisturizer after reading about it on your website. Thankfully there were no tears from him.

To my great surprise, his skin responded almost immediately. Almost all traces of eczema are gone. We have been using this product for about three weeks, in the morning and evening, without washing it off. It has truly changed my young son’s life.

A. Many other readers have also reported that Noxzema can ease their skin irritation. This non-soap facial cleanser was developed in 1914. It was originally intended as a sunburn remedy but early reports that it was helpful for “knocking eczema” allegedly led to the name “no eczema” or Noxzema.

We discuss other approaches to treating eczema, from probiotics and other supplements to prescription medications such as Mimyx, in our Guide to Skin Care and Treatment.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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